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Rio's moniker of “Marvelous City” can often seem a cruel irony in the favelas, given their violent conflicts, stark poverty and subjugation to drug traffickers or militias. But even here, Thursday’s clash was a jarring anomaly that analysts declared one of the city's deadliest police operations ever.
Deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) --- A bloody, hourslong gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum echoed into Friday, with authorities saying the police mission killed two dozen criminals while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses. It was just after sunrise Thursday when dozens of officers from Rio de Janeiro state’s civil police stormed Jacarezinho, a favela in the city’s northern zone. They were targeting drug traffickers from one of Brazil’s most notorious criminal organizations, Comando Vermelho, and the bodies piled up quickly.
When the fighting stopped, there were 25 dead -- one police officer and 24 people described by the police as “criminals.”
DAVID BILLER and MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA
Fri, May 7, 2021, 12:05 AM
One resident told The Associated Press that a man barged into her home around 8 a.m. bleeding from a gunshot wound. He hid in her daughter’s room, but police came rushing in right behind him. She said that she and her family saw officers shoot the unarmed man.
Hours later, his blood was still pooled on her tile floor and soaked into a blanket decorated with hearts.
Jacarezinho? Never heard of these gangs slums yet, and we thought we had problems in our cities?
Can't wait to watch a riot in Rio as we seen it in the US - between the peaceful citizens and the anti-Police mobs!
The police squad finally caught up with the drug dealers and drug pushers, and of course some innocent people were caught in the fight!
''We remind the Brazilian authorities that the use of force should be applied only when strictly necessary, and that they should always respect the principles of legality, precaution, necessity and proportionality,” Colville said in Geneva. “Lethal force should be used as a last resort.”
This didn't actually work that well, did it?
I don't want to be caught there as a tourist -- ever!!
This is far more shocking now when the police enforces laws on criminals, right?